PSA Events


Upcoming Events


PSA/USIP Congressional Briefing Series - topics on International Conflict Resolution and Prevention
The PSA/USIP Congressional Briefing Series - topics on International Conflict Resolution and Prevention is an educational program designed to provide congressional staff opportunities to engage with leading experts and fellow Capitol Hill staffers in bipartisan forums.

Past Events


The Iran Forum Series
An unprecedented coalition of eight Washington think tanks is hosting three discussions on the pivotal diplomacy to coincide with the last three rounds of talks. The coalition includes the U.S. Institute of Peace, RAND, the Woodrow Wilson Center, the Arms Control Association, the Center for a New American Security, the Stimson Center, the Partnership for a Secure America, the Ploughshares Fund, and staff from the Brookings Institution and the Center for Non-Proliferation Studies.

Save the Dates: May 13 / June 10 / July 8

Jerry Bremer, Doug Ollivant, Paul Pillar Off-the-Record Congressional Partnership Program Dinner
JUNE 23 - Jerry Bremer, Doug Ollivant, Paul Pillar joined PSA's Congressional Partnership program for an off-the-record discussion with spring 2014 participants on the crisis in Iraq.

Amb. Robert Ford Off-the-Record Congressional Partnership Program Dinner
JUNE 9 - Ambassador Robert Ford, U.S. Ambassador to Syria (2010-2014), joined PSA's Congressional Partnership Program for an off-the-record discussion with spring 2014 participants.

PSA/USIP - Afghanistan's Election, America's Choices - David Sedney & Dr. Andrew Wilder
JUNE 5 - PSA/USIP will host an off-the-record dinner with David Sedney (former DASD for Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia) and Dr. Andrew Wilder to explore issues surrounding the upcoming Afghan presidential runoff election, the future of U.S. engagement in the country, and the role of Congress during and after Afghanistan's presidential transition.

GEN James Cartwright Off-the-Record Congressional Partnership Program Dinner
MAY 19 - GEN James Cartwright, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (2007-2011), joined PSA's Congressional Partnership Program for an off-the-record discussion with spring 2014 participants.

PSA/USIP: The Inside Scoop - Developments in Syria, Impacts on Iraq, U.S. Levant Policy
MAY 15 - PSA and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) hosted Amb. Maura Connelly, Bassel Korkor, and Manal Omar for an off-the-record roundtable focused on the Syrian conflict and its impact on Iraq and the greater Middle East.

Spring 2014 Congressional Partnership Program Retreat
MAY 10 & 11 - PSA Congressional Program participants joined an all-star group of foreign policy and national security experts for a weekend of thought provoking discussions and bipartisan team-building. Speakers included: Hon. Grant Aldonas, Dr. Henry Gaffney, Amb. Tom Graham, Paul Grove, Dr. Christina Lin, Amb. Steven Pifer, Michael Schiffer.

PSA/ASAP Panel Discussion: Afghan Elections and the Future of US-Afghan Relations
BROADCAST ON C-SPAN 3

APR 7- Join PSA and ASAP for a panel discussion on the upcoming Afghan elections and their potential implications on future relations featuring Lisa Curtis Senior Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, Omar Samad former Afghan Ambassador to Canada and France and Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, Jed Ober Director of Programs at Democracy International, and moderated by Caroline Wadhams Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress.

PSA/USIP Off-the-Record Briefing - Revolution/Counterrevolution: Examining Events in Ukraine and North Africa
MAR 28 - PSA and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) will host Ambassador Bill Taylor (ret.) for our next off-the-record, Congressional staff discussion - Revolution/Counterrevolution: Examining Events in Ukraine and North Africa.

Back to Bipartisanships's Concluding Reception with Former Under Secretary of State Tara Sonenshine
Former Under Secretary of State Tara Sonenshine joined PSA's Foreign Policy and National Security Scholars on March 27th for a reception to congratulate the scholars for their diligent work.

Back to Bipartisanship Discussion and Negotiations Module
MARCH 18 - PSA and veteran Capitol Hill staffers ran an interactive discussion and negotiations module on today's pressing national security issues for the Spring 2014 B2B Foreign Policy and National Security Scholars.

Private Panel Discussion with Veteran Congressional Staff
March 11th - PSA's Foreign Policy and National Security Scholars were treated to a supplemental panel discussion with veteran congressional staff from both the House and the Senate.

Back to Bipartisanship Congress & Foreign Policy Workshop with Dr. Charles Stevenson
MARCH 4 - PSA held a workshop on Congress and foreign policy featuring Dr. Charles Stevenson (Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies) for the Spring 2014 B2B Foreign Policy and National Security Scholars.

Back to Bipartisanship Public Speaking & Communication Skills Workshop with Prof. Mark Gaspar
FEB 25 - PSA held a public speaking and communication skills workshop with Prof. Mark Gaspar (GWU) for the Spring 2014 B2B Foreign Policy and National Security Scholars.

PSA's Foreign Policy and National Security Scholars, Spring 2014
Check out PSA's Foreign Policy and National Security Scholars' biographies!

Back to Bipartisanship's Negotiating Workshop with Jolynn Shoemaker
FEB 18 - PSA's Foreign Policy and National Security Scholars learned the basics of analyzing the negotiation process in domestic and international public policy.

Back to Bipartisanship Kick-off with Keynote Ambassador Philip Kaplan
Partnership for a Secure America's Foreign Policy and National Security Scholars were welcomed into the Back to Bipartisanship program by keynote Ambassador Philip Kaplan and PSA Executive Director Andrew Semmel.

At the Table: Perspectives on Iran Negotiations from Two Former U.S. Negotiators
FEB 7 - PUBLIC EVENT Nicholas Burns (Former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, 2005-2008) and Robert Einhorn (Former State Department Special Advisor for Nonproliferation and Arms Control, 2009-2013) - two former U.S. negotiators on Iran - joined PSA for a bipartisan discussion on the recent international agreement with Iran, prospects for a long-term deal, and their first-hand experiences with this critical issue.

R. Nicholas Burns, Fmr. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Congressional Partnership Program Off-the-Record Dinner
FEB 6 - Former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs R. Nicholas Burns (2005-2008) joined PSA for an off-the-record dinner with alumni of the Congressional Partnership Program. Burns, who was the U.S. lead negotiator on Iran, discussed recent developments with international negotiations on Iran's nuclear program and prospects for a long-term deal.

Back to Bipartisanship
Partnership for a Secure America has created an undergraduate discussion and skills workshop for DC-area students and Capitol Hill interns! This program will provide the skills and knowledge necessary for you, our future leaders, to learn to work across the aisle. Learn to negotiate like a world class diplomat, speak like the president elect, and write communications from experienced professionals.